Lagos empowers 1,750 farmers with productive assets

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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The Lagos State government has empowered about 1,750 households with Agricultural productive assets and inputs.The move according to the State is to boost the State economy and attain food security.

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the flag off ceremony of the 2019 Agricultural Value Chains Empowerment Programme, said that the Agricultural actors were empowered to enable them become financial independent.

“As part of the efforts of this administration at making Lagos a 21st century economy, with Agricultural sector playing a vital role in sustainable food security and diversifying the economy, we have develop a five-year Agricultural Roadmap with the theme ‘A sustainable and Inclusive Growth Strategy with the citizens at the core’’, he said.

The Roadmap focusses on the development of agricultural value chains where the State has competitive and comparative advantages including the provision and availability of improved inputs, increased productivity and production,”  he added

He also stated that the Roadmap would also addresses wholesomeness of food items, reduction in post-harvest looses, improving linkages with industry in respect to backward integration as well as access to financial services and market.

The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat mentioned that the State in the months ahead will implement various projects in the agricultural space that are targeted at revolutionizing food prodution in the State.

He stressed that inspite the global climate challenges to food security, the government would continue to provide necessary assistance and advisory services to farmers to increase food production in the State.

Food supply

The Commissioner for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal explained that the State since 2014 has empowered over 9,000 farmers, fishermen, processors and marketers which has invariably raised food supply from 18% in 2014 to 25% of total food demand in the State.

The Commissioner said, “The Agricultural Value Chains empowerment is not only targeted at farmers who are the direct beneficiaries, but also at service  providers, transporters, input manufacturers and suppliers within the system whose services are required for the successful implementation of the project.”

He mentioned that the project would provide the opportunity of channelling needed support to smallholder farmer who are actively engaged in the various value chains and are this able to create further wealth and job opportunities.

The project will also create direct employment opportunities for 1,000 youths as farmers, processors and marketers across the Value Chains through farm expansion.